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New CEPAS-compliant ez-link card

The Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) next-generation e-payment system for public transit, Symphony for e-Payment (SeP), is ready for implementation...
With SeP, commuters will be able to use cards issued by any card issuer for transit purposes as long as the card complies with the CEPAS standard and includes the transit application. Commuters can eventually use CEPAS-compliant cards for Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) payments in vehicles fitted with the new generation In-vehicle Unit (IU), Electronic Parking System (EPS) carparks and other electronic payment systems that support the CEPAS standard...



Pilot scheme makes it mandatory to give way to buses

To give more priority to buses on our roads the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will introduce a pilot scheme to make it mandatory to give way to all buses exiting at 23 selected bus stops located along three roads...



Compulsory implementation of seat belts on mini-buses

The three-year time frame for school buses to retrofit seat belts is to minimise the disruption to the transport of these children that are displaced...
The five-year timeframe for the remaining small buses takes into consideration the fact that priority will be given to school buses during the first three years, and the capacity of the workshops to handle the retrofitting work.





Credit card payment scheme for ERP charges

From 5 November 2008, motorists will have an alternative mode of payment for ERP charges via their Visa / MasterCard credit cards.





Comfort and CityCab taxi fares to go up on 17 Dec 2007

Basic Fare



Flag Down: $2.50 for 1st km

1km to 10km: $0.10 for every 210m

Above 10km: $0.10 for every 175m

Waiting time: $0.10 for every 25sec

Flag Down: $2.80 for 1st km

1km to 10km: $0.20 for every 385m

Above 10km: $0.20 for every 330m

Waiting time: $0.20 for every 45sec



Taxi enforcement update

In enforcement operations conducted over a 13 day period, 14 errant taxi drivers were nabbed at several spots such as Boat Quay, CHIJMES, Clarke Quay, Mustafa Centre, Orchard Towers and Shenton Way.
Of these, 6 taxi drivers were found overcharging and 8 were caught for refusing to convey passengers. None was found touting...



Lower season parking charges for commercial vehicles weighing up to 1800kg

From 1 Dec 2007, owners of commercial vehicles such as vans and mini-buses with unladen weight not exceeding 1,800 kg will enjoy lower season parking charges if their vehicles can fit into a car lot...
About 900 season parking ticket holders are expected to benefit from the revision. Instead of paying the higher season parking charge of between $120 and $185 per month for heavy vehicles, they will now pay the lower season parking charge of $65 for surface car parks and $90 for multi-storey car parks in residential estates, and between $80 and $180 in commercial areas...



Road closures for ASEAN Summit meetings

Apart from the meetings held in Shangri-La Hotel, there will be several other key events, which the Leaders and delegates will attend as part of the official programme. They include the following:
a Gala Dinner at Raffles City Convention Centre on Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 .
b Reception at the Asian Civilisations Museum on Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007.
c Dinner at Istana on Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007...
As part of the security and traffic arrangements, Police will deploy resources to conduct roadblocks and security checks at and around all the event venues.



Stiffer measures to deter errant taxi drivers

  • Stiffer penalties for errant taxi drivers
  • Taxi advisories for the public
  • More taxi stands within the Central Business District (CBD) / Street hail of taxis on CBD roads disallowed from 1 March 2008
  • Enhanced taxi QoS requirements fully phased in from 1 January 2008
  • Taxi Mystery Customer Audit kicked off



Crackdown on errant taxi drivers

Over a five day period from 30 October - 3 November 2007, 26 taxi drivers were found overcharging, seven were found touting while the rest were caught for refusing to convey passengers, in enforcement operations conducted at several spots such as Sentosa, Clarke Quay, Orchard Towers and Boat Quay...




3378 drivers caught speeding on new KPE

Since the opening of Phase 1 of the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) on 26 October 2007, the speed cameras installed in the KPE tunnel have captured a total of 3,378 vehicles speeding above the prescribed road speed limit of 70km/h in the first six days.



Annual Firewalking Festival 2007

The Annual Fire Walking Festival will be held on Monday, 29 October 2007 between 12.30am and 12noon...



Start of road works for Singapore Formula One Race

A series of road works will be undertaken in the city centre, which includes road widening works along Raffles Boulevard from Nicoll Highway to Temasek Avenue.
Other works in the city centre will include modifications to existing roads, such as the removal of road kerbs and traffic islands along the confirmed F1 track alignment...



HDB introduces family season parking ticket from 1 Oct 2007

The Family SPT is for HDB residents who require SPT to two different car parks because of family arrangements...
For such residents, who have already bought a regular SPT to park at their own residential car park, there is a need for a second SPT to park at another car park for visiting their parents, children, grandparents, siblings or their in-laws.
The Family SPT will be sold at 50% of the regular SPT price applicable to the car park where the Family SPT is to be purchased.



MediaCorp Radio Subaru Impreza Challenge 2007

The event is slotted to start at 7.00 am on Saturday, 3 Nov 2007 at Ngee Ann City's Civic Plaza.
To get a chance to register for the Challenge, tune in during the qualifying period (24 September 2007 – 26 October 2007) to any three of the following radio stations: Gold 90.5FM, Class 95FM and 987FM.
Wait for the DJ's ‘invitation to call’. Call in. The first male and female callers of each call-in segment will enter the Second Qualifying Round...



1 to 2 cents increase in bus fares and no increase in rail fares

The PTC approved a 1 to 2 cent increase in adult EZ-Link fares for buses. Senior citizen concessionary EZ-Link bus fares, which are flat fares pegged to the lowest adult EZ-Link fare band will also increase by 2 cents...
There will be no increase to all rail fares, some EZLink adult bus fares, as well as cash fares for buses, child/student fares and the prices of monthly student/NS men concession passes...



Safety and security measures for Formula One races

"For the safety of spectators, safety barricades will be lined up around the perimeter of the race circuit. This is similar to the arrangement adopted by most of the countries hosting F1 races...
"To ensure security for the event, Police will conduct checks on bags and personal belongings at designated access points to prevent smuggling of any weapons or prohibited items. Spectators who refuse to have their bags check can be denied entry. Spectators who appear to be highly intoxicated could also be denied entry..."



ERP coverage extended to more roads from 1 Nov 2007

"The LTA has completed its review of traffic conditions on the roads and will be extending the coverage of ERP at the following locations. The changes take effect from 1 November 2007..."



Singapore Fireworks Celebrations 2007

"The Singapore Fireworks Celebrations has lined up two fireworks displays, on 17 and 18 Aug, at the Marina Bay area to tie in with this year's National Day celebrations..."



Singapore Crime Situation for first half 2007

"While the figures for outraging of modesty and cheating and related offences were not significantly different, index crimes that were significantly higher in Jan-Jun 2007 from the same period in 2006 were rape, motor vehicle theft, robbery and snatch theft.
"However, there is no cause for alarm. For rape, which saw the greatest percentage increase of 32%, the vast majority of cases (90%) involved offenders who are known to their victims..."



Inaugural F1 Singapore Grand Prix to be held on 28 Sep 2008

"A fortnight ago, on 27 July 2007, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA, or the World Motor Sports Council) set the date of the first Singapore Grand Prix as 28 September 2008.
"The 5.05km long street circuit offers a number of overtaking opportunities, fast turns and technically challenging sections for F1 race drivers, which, in turn, will present viewers with compelling race action to keep them on the edge of their seats.
"More than 70 per cent of the street circuit is made up of Singapore’s existing road network. The Paddock building will house the control tower, garages for the teams, hospitality lounges, Press Room and other facilities..."



Braddell Road Angsana tree to be removed

"When the construction for the new Lornie-Braddell Road Interchange began in 2005, LTA and NParks had opted to save the Angsana tree by bifurcating the slip road around the tree...

"Based on LTA’s observations and the public feedback, LTA and NParks came to the conclusion that removing the tree is the most prudent course of action to prevent any future accidents..."



New Woodlands mini checkpoint for motorcyclists opens

"Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will open an additional clearance zone for motorcyclists with effect from 5 July 2007.

"This new mini checkpoint will be an extension of the existing Woodlands Checkpoint, and will operate up to five hours daily from 5am to 10am..."


     - Thieving cabby nabbed by police


Site preparatory works start on Gardens by the Bay

"Marina City Park will close from 1 June 2007 for the Gardens by the Bay’s site preparatory works. Marina South Promenade facing the Marina Channel, the playing fields and waterfront promenade will be closed to the public...
" 'The public can look forward to the Gardens by the Bay when its first phase opens in 2010. Meanwhile, we urge the public to bear with the temporary inconvenience and encourage them to visit other parks in the vicinity for recreation,' said Dr K Ismail Sudderuddin, Assistant Director of Gardens by the Bay..."



920 persons arrested for drink driving in 1st quarter 2007

"For the first quarter of 2007, SPF arrested 920 persons for drink driving, an increase of 22% over the same period in 2006. Slight injury accidents related to drink driving increased from about 200 cases in 2004 to 260 cases in 2006.
"Fatal and serious injury accidents related to drink driving have remained stable over the past 3 years, registering 38 cases, 28 cases and 32 cases in 2004, 2005 and 2006 respectively..."



Pilot project allowing cycling on all footways in Tampines

"Land Transport Authority (LTA), Traffic Police (TP) and the Tampines Grassroots Organisations (GROs) will be conducting a study in the Tampines Town to assess the feasibility of allowing cycling on footways with effect from 27 May 2007.
"The study will last for one year and end on 30 May 2008...
"Currently, under Rule 28 of the Road Traffic Rules, enacted in 1981, cycling on footways is prohibited. Like any other vehicles, bicycles are to be ridden on the roads and cyclists are required to abide by all relevant traffic rules and regulations..."



Pilot project allowing cycling on all footways in Tampines

"Land Transport Authority (LTA), Traffic Police (TP) and the Tampines Grassroots Organisations (GROs) will be conducting a study in the Tampines Town to assess the feasibility of allowing cycling on footways with effect from 27 May 2007.
"The study will last for one year and end on 30 May 2008...
"Currently, under Rule 28 of the Road Traffic Rules, enacted in 1981, cycling on footways is prohibited. Like any other vehicles, bicycles are to be ridden on the roads and cyclists are required to abide by all relevant traffic rules and regulations..."




Changes to Bus Lane Scheme from 1 April 2007



Existing Operation Hours

New Operation Hours

Mondays to Fridays

7.30am to 9.30am

7.30am to 9.30am
(No Change)  

4.30pm to 7.00pm

5.00pm to 8.00pm



7.30am to 9.30am

No Longer Applicable

11.30am to 2.00pm

Indicated by a continuous yellow line



1,420 fatal and injury accidents involving taxis in 2006

"Fatal and injury accidents involving taxis rose from 1,270 cases in 2005 to 1,420 cases last year.
"As a proportion of fatal and injury accidents involving taxis, the rate remained stable at 19% over the last 2 years..."



RFID tags to replace paper HDB season parking tickets

"HDB is introducing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to replace the current paper disc issued to season parking tickets (SPT) holders...
"SPT holders will be notified by post closer to the time when the RFID tags are implemented at their car parks. New SPT applicants will be given RFID tags when they apply to purchase season parking..."



Expanding our MRT Network


"Beyond this, the LTA is completing its feasibility studies for a new 33-station Downtown Line that will link the eastern and north western corridors to the Marina Bay.
"When the Downtown Line is up, residents in Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah, Bedok Reservoir and Macpherson can take the train to see the bright lights of the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort...
"As part of our long-term planning for a future Singapore of 6.5 million population, we expect that we will need to at least double our current rail network of 138 km for a 50% increase in population. That means putting in the equivalent of at least 7 North-east Lines..."



     - Singapore River HongBao 2007


Number of traffic summonses for speeding going down"

In 2005, as part of Police’s overall enforcement strategy, more resources were diverted to ensure greater police presence on our roads to deter motorists from flouting traffic rules.
"The public had by then become more aware of the PSLC deployment through Traffic Police’s website and radio.
"This contributed to the number of summonses issued for speeding falling 37% to 51,800 in 2005 as compared to 2004. In 2006, the number of summonses issued for speeding decreased 13% to 45,130 compared to the 51,800 summonses issued in 2005..."



Road Traffic Situation 2006

"The number of persons killed increased from 173 to 190 in 2006. The number of persons injured increased from 8,226 to 9,706 in 2006, of which 104 suffered serious injuries...
"There was an overall increase in the number of speed-related accidents, from 1,445 to 1,657 cases in 2006, with the number of speed-related fatal accidents increasing by 15 cases, from 51 to 66. More than 1 in 3 of all fatal accidents were speed related..."



Thaipusam Festival 2007

From 6 P.M. On Wed, 31 Jan 2007 to 2 A.M on Fri, 2 Feb 2007

Traffic Diversions


     - MOT comments on Malaysia's plan to temporarily close causeway to heavy vehicles

     - PTC revises premium bus service scheme




Police nab Internet trickster selling car parts and accessories

"The culprit lured unsuspecting car enthusiasts in an online motoring forum into parting with their money by claiming that he was able to get bulk discounts on car parts and accessories.

"The victims would place orders with the culprit and make payment electronically. However, the victims never received their goods. When the victims discovered that they had been cheated, the culprit taunted them to catch him if they could..."


     - US President’s Visit to Singapore


     - Stricter smoke test for diesel vehicles from 1 January 2007

     - NETS launches debit card payment service for the taxi market


IBM to build smartcard e-payment infrastructure for MRT network

"The high-performance and high-speed backend infrastructure is expected to double the present capacity and will be capable of handling about 10 million financial transactions per day...

"The e-Symphony incorporates the Contactless E-Purse Application Standard (CEPAS) and will therefore allow multiple suppliers to issue the contactless smart cards, which are currently issued only by EZ-link. This could bring about competition among the suppliers and in turn reduce the cost of smart cards to benefit users..."



Mediacorp Subaru WRX Challenge 2006

"To participate, you have to undergo two qualifying rounds. For the First Qualifying Round, you have to call in during the qualifying period (18 September 2006 – 20 October 2006) to any of the three radio stations when you hear the ‘invitation to call’..."


     - Bus and train fares to increase by between 1 and 3 cents

     - North East Line resumes normal operation after partial stoppage on 24 Jul 2006


Singapore Crime Situation - First half 2006

"Crimes involving handphones being stolen, which was one of the key concerns in 2005, decreased significantly, from 2,423 to 1,962 cases, in the first half of 2006...

"The drop in handphone crimes, despite the continued high mobile phone penetration rate in Singapore3 , may be in part due to enhanced public education on such crimes as well as tighter enforcement against errant second-hand handphone dealers..."


     - SMRT taxi fares to go up from 17 July 2006


     - Age limit for taxi drivers to be raised to 73 years

     - Singapore's first wheelchair-accessible buses launched

     - Use of MyKad & cancellation of Malaysian restricted passports



Singapore Crime Situation 2005

Robbery and theft cases involving handphones taken remain a key area of concern for the Police. The number of such cases increased significantly by 1,414 cases, from 3,411 to 4,825 cases in 2005.

Handphone crimes increased most notably for theft in dwelling (excluding shop theft) from 832 to 1,119 cases (+287 cases), and for other thefts (from 1,096 to 1,837 cases in 2005).
Robbery (from 344 to 488 cases), snatch thefts (from 162 to 283 cases) and cheating and related offences (from 275 to 343 cases) also saw notable increases.
The increase in handphone crime may be due to the rise in mobile phone penetration rate in Singapore indicating a larger pool of potential victims...


     - Thaipusam Festival 2006

     - LTA to administer bus lane offences from 1 Feb 2006

     - New speed limits for 65 roads in Western Singapore


     - Pay half-hourly rates for night parking at HDB/URA carparks

     - Buangkok MRT Station to open in January 2006


     - New speed limits for 55 roads in southern Singapore from 1 Nov 2005


2nd reading of Public Transport Council (Amendment) Bill 2005

"The 2 PTOs estimate that fare evasion on buses occurs on about 1.8% of passenger trips. Even though this figure may appear to be low, we should not condone fare evasion. Otherwise, the majority of commuters who pay the correct fares will be subsidizing the small minority who abuse concession passes, avoid paying or intentionally underpay fares.

"Hence, to provide greater deterrence against fare evasion, the PTC will be introducing a penalty fee of $20 for the underpayment and non-payment of fares; and $50 for the abuse of fare concessions..."



Bicycle thefts in Singapore

"The number of cases of bicycle theft averaged around 400 cases a year from 2000 to 2004. In the first half of this year, 435 cases were reported...

"In 2004, 9 out of 10 bicycles stolen in public places were not secured at designated bicycle bays. Instead, the vast majority of those stolen were secured to lamp posts, railings and pipes..."



        - New speed limits for 27 roads in the northeast

     - Evening ERP on northbound CTE from 1 Aug 2005

     - HDB & URA outsource car park enforcement services from1 Aug 2005


      - PTC approves tiered increase in bus & train fares

     - New 10 VEP-free days scheme & shorter VEP operating hours

     - Computerised Theory Test to start in June 2005: Traffic Police

     - New speed limits for 43 roads from 1 Apr 2005

     - Singapore Road Traffic Situation in 2004

     - Singapore Taxis - Quality of Service Standards 4Qtr 2004

     - Foreign Vehicle Entry Permit operating hours shortened from 4 Feb 05

     - New vehicle registration & licensing scheme by 2006


Changes to Vehicle Entry Permit scheme for visitors from 6 Dec 2004

Reduction in VEP fees from S$30 to S$20 a day for foreign motorists driving foreign-registered cars into Singapore.
Reduction in the VEP operating hours on weekdays for the 6 December to 31 December 2004 period. The VEP will end at 12.00 noon instead of 7.00 pm.
Reduction in the fixed priced ERP charges from S$10 to S$5 a day, for visiting motorists who choose to use ERP-priced roads during ERP operating hours but do not have In-Vehicle Units (IUs) in their cars.
The normal toll charges for foreign-registered cars will still apply.



Mediacorp Radio Subaru Impreza WRX Challenge 2004

30 Oct 2004

Qualifying Period: 27 Sep - 22 Oct 2004

     - Enhanced safety requirements for motorised bicycles & riders


Woman cabby found dead in her cab

A woman taxi-driver was found dead in her taxi in Pioneer Sector Walk, a deserted road in Tuas early yesterday morning. This is the third cabby murdered in the last four years.

Source: Straits Times 30 Sep 2004 (3)


Safety at MRT and LRT stations

"Despite the various safety measures in place, there have been more than 220 cases, where commuters were found trespassing on the tracks at above-ground MRT and LRT stations, between 1991 and 15 September 2004.

"Eighty-seven percent of such cases were non-accidental acts, which involved commuters jumping onto the tracks to retrieve personal items, walking, running or taking short cuts to another platform, and acts of suicide....."



New Class 3A licence for drivers of auto cars

From 1 Jan 2005, motorists can take driving tests using automatic cars and qualify to drive automatic cars with a new Class 3A driving licence. Class 3A licence holders cannot drive manual cars, but Class 3 licence holders can drive both cars.

Source: Straits Times 2 Sep 2004 (3)



New rules for new petrol kiosks

New guidelines dated 10 Jul 2004 from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) require new petrol kiosks to be sited at least 50m away from residential buildings. The kiosks must be no closer than 90m from malls and town centres. 

Source: Straits Times 26 Jul 2004 (3)

     - BP to sell its retail and LPG business to SPC


Rules tightened for transfer of vehicles

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has tightened the transfer procedures for vehicles to include requiring a person handing in a transfer application to produce his identity card or passport. In addition, letters from both the buyer and seller authorising the person to do the transfer must be produced. The move comes in the wake of a recent spate of fraudulent transfers.

Straits Times 6 Jul 2004 (H1)


MRT employee jailed for bomb scare

Mohamed Ansari, 33, a customer service officer with SBS Transit, was yesterday jailed for 3˝ years for leaving a bomb hoax box on a North-East MRT train on 15 Apr 2004. He is the third hoaxer convicted under the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Regulations of 2001.

Source: Straits Times 22 Jun 2004 (3)


More injuries and deaths from road accidents this year

Excerpt from speech by Associate Prof. Ho Peng Kee, Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, on 12 Jun 2004

The traffic situation in the first quarter this year saw a 1.3 per cent increase in the overall number of road accidents resulting in injury or death, 22 more than the 1,700 accidents in the same period last year.

Motorcyclists and their pillion riders remain the most vulnerable group of road users this year. This group continues to account for 49 per cent of the total road accident fatalities.

In terms of the actual number of fatalities, a total of 29 motorcyclists and pillion riders were killed in the first quarter of 2004, an increase of 16 per cent as compared with the same period last year.

Pedestrians, the other vulnerable road user group, accounted for 27 per cent of the total accident fatalities in the first quarter of 2004. While this is a 5 per cent improvement as compared to the same period in 2003, the proportion of pedestrians in total accident fatalities, in particular elderly pedestrians, remain a concern. About one in two pedestrians killed is aged sixty years old and above.

Source: Singapore Government Press Release 12 Jun 2004

     - Online search for outstanding traffic offences

     - Road tax renewal at 42 selected post offices

     - One.Motoring & Smart.Traffic portals merge on 9 May 2004

     - Part of Nicoll Highway collapses; 2 killed & 1 missing

     - Owners need not register new vehicles to retain old registration numbers

     - Notice to CashCard holders - end of 5-year validity period

     - Foreign-registered cars need not have in-vehicle unit from Sep 2003



Premier Taxi - Singapore's third new cab company - takes to the streets on 1 Mar 2004 with 50 taxis. The cabs, in metallic silver, have air purifiers and ionisers. (Straits Times 17 Feb 2004) (H1)